Nevada is one of my Ironwood seniors; he is involved in several different clubs on campus, a student in the IB program, and a member of the Boys Volleyball team. He has worked really hard the last 4 years to make this the best experience possible! After graduation he plans on attending a 4 year university, he is unsure of what he wants to study…possibly thinking something in the math/science related field. We went out during our winter break to take his senior pictures; it was a chilly evening but I got to let Nevada and his mom see what is Vistancia. Nevada is such a happy kid, super sweet, that big smile in most of his pictures is a true reflection of his personality; however we were able to get him to do a “serious” face for a few shots. Those images I think he looks very insightful, very model-esque! I am excited for the next phase of Nevada’s life. I know that he will go very far and be incredibly successful in whatever he does!
The end of 2014 was full of senior sessions for me. Which of course I am not complaning about, winter time is the best time for pictures in Arizona (Not melting in the sun) !! Jacqueling, Class of 2015! I am so glad that I got to take her senior pictures. As a photographer I feel that I grow with each session that I do. Sometimes there are stumbles along the way, but I am very critical of myself. I want to produce good work, especially for people who are paying me for it. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE her session!! We got to hang out, laugh, channel the inner victoria secret model, and go exploring!This girl holds a special place in my heart. I have gotten to know her over the last two years while working and she is awesome! We have had many long chats about life, relationships, the future. Shared a lot of moments. I have seen her grow up so much in just the last year. Daily we talk about this next chapter… where she is going to school, what she will be studying. With just a few months left of her high school career, I am genuinely excited for this beauty to close this chapter and start writing the next. I know that she is going to do great, amazing things! From time to time she can suffer from the traditional senioritis, but she is determined to have a wonderful successful life! Congratulations Jacqueline!
Peoria High School senior Lillian!! This was a really fun, family filled session. Lillian was a trooper with me as she was the first to try out a new location with me that I had hear about. Manistee Ranch, is a new favorite for me. It took a few minutes of driving up and down the street for her mom to find me, but at the end of the day I am glad that they made it. We walked around this park and explored a bit, taking pictures by herself as well as with her little sister and mom. It was a bit of a task to get this pretty girls to smilebut after a few awkward jokes and threats from her mother we got a few great shots of her smiling face! Lillian spends a lot of time visiting my mom who also works at Peoria High School, and I have heard nothing but great things about her. I wish her the best of luck as her high school career slowly comes to a close and she begins this next chapter of her life! Congratulations!
Sim and Keely are both seniors at Ironwood High School, Class of 2015. Sim (dark hair) really wanted to do a senior session with me but felt that she would be too awkward in front of the camera, so she convinced her BFF to come along and do more of a best friend session. The first time I met up with the girls was at Vistancia, with the race against the clock for lighting. The girls received a little miscommunication from their GPS and got lost. By the time we had found each other there was only a few minutes left of sunlight. We ending up getting together a second time at Rio Vista to do a make up session. Both of the girls are beauitful and toal hams in front of the camera (when they are together)! Their blog has a combination of sessions from Vistancia and Rio Vista. Some of the light that I received with them was awesome! These girls spend so much time together, I am really happy that I got to hang out with them not once, but twice to capture how much their senior year means to each other and how good of friends they truly are. There are only a few more months left with the 2015 class, and I am excited to see how the rest of their plays out. I hope that it is everything they want it to be! Congratulations girls!
Meet the Jones family. I have the pleasure of working with Alisa and she is such a sweet person. Her family is absolutely beautiful and her husband was hilarious!!! We did her session at Thunderbird Mountain right after our fall break. It was funny because after our wonderful week off from school I had received a text message from her. I was in the middle of arts and crafts for Christmas and thought it was strange that she was texting me; however I gasped when I remember that I had a session with her and that it was in 20 minutes. Boy was I flying around my house to get everything ready. Regardless of my frantic-ness they were dressed to impressed, the boys were ready to smile, and the light was beautiful. I was shocked to hear that the last time her and her husband had pictures taken of them was back when they had gotten married. Holy Cow!!! Hopefully they enjoyed their pictures and will continue to get pictures taken to showcase how beautiful their family is and their growing boys!
Shayla is a senior at Peoria High School who contacted me from word of mouth from one of my volleyball seniors. She wanted to do a session close to home so we went with downtown Glendale. I love this location for the mixture of old and new, along with grassy areas but also architectural building design. Her session was right at the beginning of our fall break and though it was a beautiful day out it was colder and windier than anything at 9 in the morning. She was such a beautiful sweet girl to photograph and she battled the wind like a trooper. It was really great spending the morning with her and getting to know her. She has stunning green eyes and such a beautiful smile. She was a natural in front of the camera giving me a little softness with a bit of sass. I am not sure what she has planned for after graduation but I wish her the best of luck! Class of 2015!
I have know Jessica and Matt for several years now. I first met Jessica back in 1197 or 1998 when I first moved to Arizona and I began attending the same elementary school as her. We then moved on to attend Peoria High School where Jessica was cheered and we both participated in dance together. It has been amazing being able to watch Jessica grow into the beautiful young woman and mother that she is, seeing her being successful in both her home and job. I have had the opportunity of photography this family a few times only this time we have the newest family addition Ryan. You can tell that he has a wonderful growing personality which was a bit masked on this photo shoot by confusion and concern. You can clearly see through his pictures the concern he had for who I was and why I had some weird object pointed in his direction. Regardless he is absolutely adorable and I was glad that I finally got to meet him. Bella is more beautiful than anything. I love getting to see her growing personality come out when she gets in front of the camera (which she loves)! I genuinely feel special anytime anyone asks me to be a part of their lives by capturing moments; this session was two-fold. Not only did I get to take some beautiful pictures of the family together and the kiddos, but I was also able to take some pictures of just Jessica & Matt as they celebrate their engagement! Jessica and I have had a few wedding conversations comparing notes because her wedding is just 10 days before mine. They are such a wonderful family and I am glad that I had the opportunity to photograph them on another occasion. I am so excited for their wedding and what the future has in store for them!!
I work with Brittany and I was so thrilled that she asked me to take her family pictures for the holidays. She is seriously one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I was even more thrilled when her boyfriend sent me a text a few days before our schedule session to tell me that during the session he was going to propose to her. This is my second surprise engagement that I have been a part of and I feel so honored to be included in such a special and intimate moment. This was definitely a session!! We dealt with sunshine, squirmy kiddos, and a nervous but excited bride and groom to be. There was a bit of a photo mishap so they had the unfortunate pleasure of going out on a second shoot with me. Between both session I love how the pictures came out. I am so excited for their upcoming nuptials and the love of this blended family!!